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Sir Keir Starmer beforehand revealed that the one manner he can assist Arsenal in particular person every Premier League season is that if his diary group plans his work schedule round matches.

A die-hard Gunners fan, Mr Starmer has defended declaring £23,000 of hospitality presents regarding Arsenal away matches over the last parliament.

He claims a majority of the prices associated to away video games the place his “desire to go in the stands” was not “met with approval” from his safety group.

Mr Starmer can usually be noticed attending video games on the Emirates stadium and has now defined how he finds time to juggle operating the Labour Party and his ardour for Mikel Arteta’s North London aspect.

Speaking to Arsenal Fan TV (AFTV) in an interview with founder Robbie Lyle in direction of the tip of final 12 months, he mentioned: “Time is a tough factor to seek out, the one manner I could make it work is, as quickly because the fixtures come out, I get my diary group to place all of them in.

“Then I’ve obtained one other diary group that displays once they get moved, so we will get it in actually, actually early.

“So that’s the solely manner, and that’s how I get to many of the residence video games”

Mr Starmer, however, explained that attending midweek and Champions League matches can be more difficult due to scheduling.

He added: “If they get moved at the last minute it makes it difficult. And the midweek Champions League games will be good but that’ll be a bit more tricky.”

Despite some difficulties, Sir Keir told the YouTube channel that he still enjoys attending games at the Emirates, particularly as his 16-year-old son also shares his passion for Arsenal.

The recent investigation from the Financial Times found Mr Starmer had claimed a total of £76,000 in gifts in the last parliament.

Explaining the £23,000 in Arsenal away tickets, he explained: “Quite lots of that was Arsenal hospitality and significantly away video games the place you possibly can respect my need to go within the stands shouldn’t be all the time met with approval by the safety groups round me.

“It means that I’m in corporate hospitality if I want to see the game.”

Meanwhile, the Labour chief’s schedule has lately come below fireplace from the Conservatives after he mentioned he tries to keep away from working after 6pm on a Friday in an effort to spend time together with his household.

The Tories mentioned Mr Starmer’s stance would make him a “part-time” prime minister, however this opinion has confronted criticism because the politician’s spouse Victoria is Jewish, with Friday night time Shabbat dinners thought-about essential within the religion.